Rita Ora apologises for breaking lockdown rules again after failing to isolate after Egypt trip

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Rita Ora has apologised for flouting lockdown rules for a second time, after failing to isolate after a trip to Egypt.

The singer was slammed last week after she threw a 30th birthday party with celebrity pals at the Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, West London, with her issuing a lengthy apology afterwards and reportedly voluntarily paying a £10,000 fine to police.

It has now emerged that before her party, Rita flew by private jet to Egypt for a performance and did not quarantine for 14 days, as per government guidelines, when she returned.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Rita flew to Cairo on 21 November to perform at the five-star W Hotel, before returning to London the follow day.

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She then held her illegal birthday party days later on on 28 November.

Rita has issued an apology for breaking lockdown rules for a second time, in which she said that she will be donating her fee from her performance in Egypt to a charity.

In a statement, she told the publication: “I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company, where my travel party followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry, as required by Egyptian authorities.

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“Upon my return to Britain, I should have followed Government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow Government advice and… I apologise again, unreservedly.

“While I realise the apologetic words of a pop star might not carry much weight, especially one who has broken the rules like I have, I do realise some might seek to follow my example.

“My message to them is simple: please don’t. The guilt and shame I’ve carried this week for my mistake aren’t worth it. Instead, continue to listen to the Government advice and the voices of the heroes of the NHS and take the required precautions.

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“I hope to one day make it up to the public who have given me so much support over the years and, in particular, make it up to the heroes of the NHS…In the meantime, I will be donating my fee from Egypt to charity.

“Be better than I have been and learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to learn the hard way yourselves.

“Love, Rita.”

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